#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Frederick Henry, an American serving as a volunteer ambulance driver with the Italian forces in the First World War, is wounded and falls in love with his attending nurse, the British Catherine Barkley. In the midst of war and some intrigue, the pair struggles to stay together and to survive the horrors around them.
Plot: An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.
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How bravura is replaced by disconsolateness
There are surprisingly few reviews here, and yet for me this is an epic film. My fascination started long ago with a liking of adventurous stories, and consequently also of Ernest Hemmingway (author of the book with the same title). His participation in the Spanish Civil War, his stays in Havana. I was touched by his melodramatic style, which contrasts so much with true life, that the emotions seem almost poisonous and self-destructing. I saw the film, read the book, and again saw the film a couple of times. In fact the film script closely follows the Hemmingway narrative. The second part of my fascination stems from the setting of the story, in the First World War. It is a bizarre fact, that a horrid war developed at a time, when European wars such as the French-German conflicts of the nineteenth century seemed to have become more or less civilized or at least bearable. The people were proud to serve their country, there were honor and social reward in a good fight, and they went happily to confront death at the battlefields. It is true that for the first time in history there was an impressive anti-war movement, carried by the rising socialist parties. But as soon as the showpiece started, all national differences disappeared. The trenches of the enemy were joyfully stormed while exclaiming “Hurray!” and the like. Eventually the reality dawned upon the soldiers: the hunger in the muddy trenches, and the grinding of human bodies by shrapnels and barbed wire. This horror is best portrayed in the book “Im Westen nichts Neues” by Remarque, and from it the ensuing films, that I also plan to review. Another epic drama about the same war, but located in Russia, is of course the astounding romance “Doctor Zhivago”, which however on closer examination may be somewhat emotionally twisted. You don’t find such melodramatic films about this other global fire, the Second World War. The mass destruction had become too obvious. “A farewell to arms” has its own share of war violence. The stage is situated in Italy, at the mountainous front with the Austro-Hungarian armies (at that time already enforced by German divisions). Rock Hudson plays Frederick Henry, an American character with the bravura that seems so typical of Hemmingway. Henry has volunteered in the Italian army as an ambulance driver. At the front he meets Catherine Barkley (Jennifer Jones), a British nurse, and a romance evolves. She had taken the job in order to join her beloved, who however was soon shot to pieces at the Somme (in France). Since then, her mind is somewhat derailed and she finds herself lost while doing the job in the field hospitals. The romance gives her a new perspective, but also provokes her fears of abandonment. After some nasty war scenes Henry is wounded and transported to a hospital in Milan. There he is once again united with Barkley, who probably on purpose has been transferred to the same place. There follow a couple of care-free months, in which she smuggles cigarettes and bottles of booze into his bedroom etc. She gets pregnant. Henry rejoins the front, and is caught in a chaotic massive retreat of the Italian forces. When he is about to be court-martialed by some idiots, he deserts. Finally he and Barkley decide to flee to the neutral Switzerland, using a row-boat in the night across the lakes. In the Swiss Alps they have a wonderful time, summer and Christmas, while awaiting the childbirth. Unfortunately bad complications arise during the delivery. Now the fear of abandonment switches sides, with Catherine just hating her predicament (what does this mean?). The child is born dead, and Barkley succumbs due to the loss of blood with Henry sobbing at her bedside. Again he is on his own, but disconsolateness has replaced the bravura. The contrast between the anonymous mass scale destruction and the private mishap can hardly be greater. While I have accrued some doubts about the quality of the dialogs, my final judgment remains positive.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 32 min (152 min), 2 hr 21 min (141 min) (Italy)
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Charles Vidor, John Huston
Writer Ben Hecht, Ernest Hemingway, Laurence Stallings
Actors Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm